Lately I’ve been thinking about stage diving. It is something that I will probably never do. But George Watsky got John Green to do it, so I will not exclude it completely.
Now when you see people stage dive, they almost always do it straight ahead, right into the front and center of the crowd. They never go to the sides or move toward the edges.
As stage diving is essentially a huge trust exercise; the diver jumps into the arms of the crowd and hopes that the people underneath him will hold him up; the question arises if stage divers don’t trust the people on the edge.
Well, let’s look at the composition of a crowd at a rock concert. Usually the most extrovert, confident and loud people hang out front and center. They are the people who can handle standing in a sweaty bowl of human bodies who are pulsating and bumping into each other while a cascade of concentrated noises washes over them. There is no fear of invasion of personal space or bleeding ears. There might be some intoxication going on to dull the senses just a little bit.
The people on the outside, by contrast are more introverted. They might enjoy the performance immensely, but they don’t need to be the center of attention. They also don’t need to take a sweat bath or have their ears permanently damaged. They might even like to talk with their friends without having to shout their lungs out.
So are those people on the edges less trustworthy?
I don’t think so. I am sure that they are just as supportive as the ones who stand front and center.
Are those on the edge spread out in wider intervals? Most likely they are and that could prove to be a problem in holding up another person. Although I think that the people on the edge will move and help each other, should a stage diver come their way. Most people are rather flexible that way.
However, I presume we will never find out, because nobody ever stage dives to the edge.
P.S. Another observation of mine is that stage divers are predominantly male, therefore I used him, his and he throughout the post.